Xenophobia in South Africa: the views, opinions and experiences of international students at the Rand Afrikaans University

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dc.contributor.author Shindondola, Hilma Kupila
dc.date.accessioned 2008-10-27T06:40:12Z
dc.date.available 2008-10-27T06:40:12Z
dc.date.issued 2008-10-27T06:40:12Z
dc.date.submitted 2002-02
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10210/1333
dc.description M.A. en
dc.description.abstract This study emerged out of the understanding that xenophobia has become a contentious issue in South Africa. International migrants have increasingly become victims of xenophobia at the hands of South African citizens. It was anchored by a commitment to shed some light on the nature of xenophobia in South Africa by examining the experiences of international students in Johannesburg. There is, indeed, evidence of some tension between a fraction of the South African population and international migrants from other African countries. In examining the experiences of international students and their views about xenophobia, the study concluded that the country’s segregated history was a contributing factor to the negative behaviour of citizens towards non-citizens. Although international students have the potential to strengthen both the development of South African institutions of higher learning and the economy at large, they are, instead sometimes regarded as being here to disrupt the social order. Even though all international students share the same sense of need to meet and get along with others in the new country, African students endure special difficulties. For, whatever unfortunate reasons, some universities seem not to be doing much to enlighten their local students about other African countries, cultures and histories. Students from elsewhere in Africa often find their South African classmates to be rather uninformed when it comes to appreciating their heritage. This lack of knowledge often sets the stage for xenophobic sentiments between the locals, international migrants in general, and international students in particular. en
dc.description.sponsorship Prof. P. Alexander en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Xenophobia research en
dc.subject Political and social views of college students en
dc.subject College students attitudes en
dc.subject Rand Afrikaans University en
dc.title Xenophobia in South Africa: the views, opinions and experiences of international students at the Rand Afrikaans University en
dc.type Thesis en

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